A Franco-Belgian anti-terrorist operation in connection with Kriket Rida took place on Thursday. Investigators found no explosives or weapons. A Belgian-French police operation took place Thursday in Kortrijk (northwestern Belgium) related Kriket Reda, a man indicted in France for a planned attack “imminent”, but did not lead to any interpellation, said the Belgian federal prosecutor. “A search was conducted on land located in Marquette Marke, near Kortrijk,” said the prosecutor in a statement, adding that it was conducted by a “joint investigation team of Belgian and French police”. A spokesman added that the operation had resulted in “no arrests” and that investigators had found “no explosives or weapons.”
The operation took place in the residential area of Rodenburg, along the E17 highway south of this Flemish town near the French border, which had been cordoned off by the police and the army. Military, armed with metal detectors and with dogs searched the area around a house in this neighborhood and its surroundings, including a small wood and a field near a petrol station on the motorway service area , reported an AFP photographer. Onlookers were kept away from the area searched by police barriers.
Reda Kriket, a French 34, was indicted Wednesday for criminal association in connection with a criminal terrorist organization by a Paris judge after six days of detention. Already convicted in Belgium in a terrorism case and believed to have stayed in the ranks of the jihadist organization Islamic State (EI) in Syria Reda Kriket was arrested March 24 in Paris. In the apartment he occupied, police had found assault rifles, handguns and explosives, including TATP, improvised explosive favored by the jihadists of IE.
Upon his arrest, the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had announced the “defeat” of a “planned attack in France led to an advanced stage.” “At this stage of the investigations, if any precise projected target has been identified, while nevertheless suggests that the discovery of this cache has prevented the commission of an action of extreme violence by a terrorist network ready to take action, “said Wednesday the Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.
In Belgium, two men, Abderrahmane Ameuroud and Mr. Rabah, arrested Friday in Brussels, were charged in connection with that network. Another alleged accomplice Reda Kriket Anis Bahri, was arrested Sunday in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Some 45 kilos of 7.62 caliber ammunition, the kind used with Kalashnikovs were found at that time.